Whether you’re a working mom, a person with no kids, or even a SAHM, sometimes we only have 20-30 minutes to ourselves, if that. In the last month or so I have found that is getting harder and harder to find that alone time to reset myself, which has always been so important to me. Here I give you my little morning routine to make sure I get that reset.
Before kids, and working at Limitless I used to wake up each morning at 4 A.M. just to make sure I could get my workout done and out of the way. I still really enjoy doing it, but sometimes that isn’t the case. I’m tired, busy with kids, and my schedule isn’t the same as it was a year ago so I’m not going to lie when I say it kinda messed me up a little. So I had to figure out what works for me!
Each morning I have my alarm set at 5 A.M., and I know that seems too early for some people, but it works for me. I make my pot of coffee, and get dressed for my walk. With this walk I just bring myself, no music, I really try to focus on the sounds of nature. I think that is the most important part because living a busy lifestyle I don’t actually take in and listen to how beautiful the sunrise is, or the birds chirping as I once did. I used to be such a sucker for that sunrise in the morning and it has felt so nice to bring it back in my life. The mental clarity I get from just the 15-20 minute walk is so refreshing. If I’m feeling fancy I’ll run a mile, but nothing too crazy. This charges my batteries to keep me up and going for the rest of the day.
After my walk, I pour my cup of coffee and wash my face. Ladies, no matter what age you are always wash and moisturize that beautiful face, especially one that has SPF in it. This was recommended by my dermatologist. After I wash my face I always feel like a brand new woman.
While I drink my coffee I grab my journal and just start writing. Rule of thumb of journaling, even if you don’t have anything to write, pen your thoughts. The amount of pages I have of just nonsense is a little silly, but it keeps me in the habit, and sometimes its neat to look back at on how much I’ve improved. I’ll talk about journaling in another blog, but this is something I try to do each morning. It should take up to 5-10 minutes of your time, depending on what you’re writing.
My morning routine is something that I genuinely enjoy doing, and that’s why it’s so important to find that time to replenish and recharge. We spend the majority of our day pleasing others, whether it be your kids, your significant other, boss, or coworkers. You owe it to yourself to make sure you have time. Even if you have to set your alarm an hour earlier than usual, or staying up a little later to get that me time, I invite you to set little goals for yourself by getting up, and starting that walk in the morning! Start small and work your way up to your bigger goals!